Dr. Angel Castillo, minister of education for Imbabura province in Ecuador, visited campus last Friday to learn more about incorporating Waldorf methods into Ecuadorian education practices. In between touring various classes, Dr. Castillo and his companions met with parents and staff to get a better feel for the school and its community. You can read more about Dr. Castillo's visit to Princeton here, and more about his visit to our neighbors in Kimberton here.
During recess on Dec. 8th, two Fourth Grade explorers were seen peering into the holes in the pear tree. They discovered where the gnomes can slide down, and even bathe in a hole filled with water from recent rains. The pair then looked for holes in ALL of the trees, in an effort to locate all of the gnome homes. Keep an eye out for these elusive little workers!
This weekend's Winter Spiral provided the scent of fresh pine, gentle music, and the eventual conquering of darkness for the Kindergartners, First Graders, Second Graders and those in our community wishing to participate. The richness of the experience will certainly carry us through the darkness of the season.
On the morning of February 15, our school hosted Dr. Stuart Brown, on behalf of CommonGround. Dr. Brown, a pioneer in the field of play research, gave an engaging talk about the importance of play in all of our lives. Drawing from his research, he confirmed the importance of so much of the Waldorf curriculum – play, storytelling, movement, and handwork were all elements he cited as being important to the development of a healthy human being. The audience of approximately 60 people included WSP parents, staff, and faculty as well as parents and teachers from other schools. Thanks to all of those who attended and helped with the event - in particular, to Karleen Aghevli, Siobhan Darrow, Cynthia Darvin Vega, Angela Kneppers, Mary Langeron, and Judith Wides.